Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Frustration Phase

There he is. Our little E-man. His latest faves are lids, straws and containers (hence the straw and lid fascination pictured above). I never thought my plastic storage containers would be such a source of entertainment! He's running now, almost able to turn door knobs and likes Yo Gabba Gabba. His newest phase, as far as development goes, centers around frustration.

Yep. Frustration.

He tries so hard to communicate with us. Pointing, clapping and even dancing are all in his tiny bag of tricks when it comes to his efforts to tell us what he wants or needs. Sometimes though, these just don't work. He knows what he wants to say but he can't say it because he's a little over a year old and his vocabulary isn't keeping pace with his desire to speak.

So what's a little guy to do when he has somethin' to say and he can't say it? He screams.

Lately, we've heard screams, squeels, groans and moans emanate from his tiny mouth...and for two confused and worn out parents, it feels like he does it almost all day long!

I'm not worried, though. The Bubs went through this same stage and then one day, to our delight, he was able to express himself with more than groans of pure frustration. Hallelujah!

So I know that E-man will get his own time.


~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Hey Anna,
We went though a different stage with Noelle, she would make a grunt like noise while pointing-We finally got her to say please now it's "please, please, please" all day long! When she is hungry she says "eat, eat, eat!" and follows us around like a baby bird. She can say her favorite foods: Eggs, berries, bananas etc etc.
Such hard work isn't it? But so rewarding.
You're doing a great job!

Joanna said...

He is just so stinking cute!! Have you thought about doing any early sign language with him? I have a cousin that swears by it.

Petie said...

Yikes! Sounds frustrating for him too. With a 9 and 11 year old tho, there are days I wish they weren't talking quite as much :) but still no screaming would be good! Good luck...:)

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

Ah, yes, what a familiar time . . . I do remember this well. Poor little guy will get there before you know it!

Rachelle said...

been there! Between the teeth and the tremendous desire to explain it all without the words to do so, it's a hard life for the little ones. Thank goodness this phase quickly passes and the fun of childhood takes its place. And you know, a straw and a cup of ice saved me on a 4+ hour flight.